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SL2002 - Language Development and Impairment

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Speech Pathology, Speech Pathology IHCAP Program and the Bachelor of Speech Pathology Honours Programs.

This subject will provide the foundation theoretical and professional skills necessary for competent practice in the assessment and treatment/management of language impairment in children and adolescents. This subject will also explore aetiological factors, models, and processes contributing to language differences and impairment. Implications across linguistic and cultural contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, will be considered. Assessment and intervention methods will be explored with respect to current theories and evidence-based practice principles. The effects of language impairments on a child's activity and participation will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

  • describe the factors that may contribute to language differences and impairment in children and adolescents;
  • describe and justify appropriate child language assessment approaches;
  • analyse and interpret child language assessment data and determine appropriate intervention goals;
  • formulate and justify intervention plans and approaches based in sound theoretical and evidence- based principles;
  • explain the impact of language difference and impairment on a child's activity and participation.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (30%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
  • Assignment - Language sampling and analysis - (30%)
  • Assignment - Intervention plan - (20%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Students must achieve at least 50% in each individual assessment item, and achieve at least 50% overall to pass the subject. Students must attend and actively participate in at least 80% of all scheduled classes to pass the subject.

Prerequisites: SL2006


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Dr Jacqueline Lim
Lecturers: Ms Louise Brown, Ms Mandi Hollins, Dr Jacqueline Lim.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.